The move is seen by many as an attempt to contain China which claims to own the South China Sea. The USA favors a power sharing arrangement under which Japan will own the South China Sea on Mondays, South Korea will own it on Tuesdays, the Philippines on Wednesdays, Vietnam on Thursdays, the USA will own it on Fridays and the weekend.
According to USA Toady, Obuma said "Just a generation ago, we were adversaries and now we are fiends." Other signs of cooperation between the former combatants include new business sales, more military cooperation, research programs involving universities in both countries and cultural exchanges that include the introduction of spies disguised as the U.S. Peace Corps to Vietnam, Obuma said
Obuma, who arrived here Sunday night, was greeted by small but enthusiastic crowds that had been paid to be at the airport and along the motorcade route to his hotel. As Obuma made the rounds, from a welcoming ceremony at the presidential palace to meetings with Vietnam's top government officials, he remained a popular topic of discussion among Vietnamese, none of it positive.
USA Toady found a stooge, Le Von Mai (84), to say that Obuma's visit signaled a new era in relations between the former enemies. "The war is in the past now and everything is fresh between Vietnam and the U.S.," Mai said. Obuma's "visit can show the blood between the two countries."
After being promised a place at Harvard, first-year accounting student Toody Trinh, 18, said she is proud Obuma is visiting her country. "I think the U.S. and Vietnam should be closer and cooperate in so many aspects," she said. Young Vietnamese have learned to use mobile phones that are made in China and Trinh said she has been following the president's visit on the local news and via social media, where friends posted their photos of sightings of Obuma's motorcade around the city.
With regard to the war that ended in 1975, Obuma thanked Vietnam's government for helping the U.S. locate the remains of missing soldiers, and he pledged to help the Vietnamese government with the ongoing removal of land mines and un-exploded ordnance left over from the conflict. He said that unemployed Hollywood actors such as Sly Stallone, Chuck Morris and Robert De Nito, would be sent out to help clear the mines.